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The Ohio State University OvalThe Ohio State University is set to launch an international strategic planning process in mid-April, which will result in an ‘International Strategic Plan 2020-2025’ to be presented to the President and Provost for approval by February 2020 for implementation in spring 2020.

Provost and Executive Vice President Bruce McPheron has formed a steering committee composed of senior academic and operational leaders to ensure that the International Strategic Plan is academically aligned, and operationally sound. A successful plan will clearly articulate the academic priority for internationalization and the implications for the operations side of the university. The composition of the steering committee includes representation from the colleges, regional campuses and administrative units.

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Foodborne illnesses are critical global health problems, resulting in an estimated 600 million illnesses annually. Low- and middle-income countries bear most of the burden, largely due to poor food handling practices, weak regulatory systems and inadequate food safety laws.

Barbara Kowalcyk, an assistant professor in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University, wants nothing more than to reduce the risk of foodborne illness. She hopes her research study funded by a $3.39 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Department for International Development of the United Kingdom (DFID) will provide important information that can be used to help improve food safety and enhance nutrition in low- to middle-income countries.

Over the next four years, the grant will be used to develop and implement a risk-based framework for food safety management and resource allocation with the goal of reducing foodborne illnesses and deaths and increasing equitable consumption of a safe, affordable and nutritious diet.

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Nnaemeka Anene

Anene is majoring in materials science and engineering major on a pre-medicine track who participated in “Brazil Higher Education,” an education abroad program.

For Spring Break 2018, I spent my time in Salvador, Brazil. We visited a number of public and private universities and spoke to students of all backgrounds, religious beliefs and economic statuses. On our very first day at one of the engineering/technical schools, we visited Area One. We became immersed in deep discussion with Luis, a student at the school. He was officially an intermediate level English speaker. I was able to communicate with him using the more-than-nine-years of Spanish I had taken throughout my educational experience. While not Portuguese, there is some intersection between the two languages, and it allowed for a relatively free flowing conversation with him. We spoke on political issues and the abuse he witnessed firsthand, as well as how much he loved rock and roll.

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Jennifer Kue in NicaraguaThirty Ohio State students and faculty are the recipients of the 2017-2018 Academic Enrichment Grants, enabling them to conduct research over the next year in a variety of international locations. The grant competition, with separate tracks for undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty, is supported by the Office of International Affairs, the Office of Research and the Office of Undergraduate Education.

This year four undergraduate students, 13 graduate students and 13 faculty were awarded close to $150,000 in grants to further their research.

Research projects run the gamut from icebergs, global health and refugee oral histories to cervical cancer, neoliberalism and the terminal crisis to post-conflict agricultural systems. Students and faculty will conduct their research over the next year in 22 different countries including Brazil, Cambodia, Mexico, Poland and Zimbabwe.

View a complete list of awardees.

Taste of OSU 2018 Food Winner - Russian ClubWinners of the food competition, cultural exhibits and food tickets sold for Taste of OSU 2018 are announced.

Taste of OSU is an evening filled with performances on stage, cultural exhibits and food from around the world provided by more than 30 different international and ethnic student organizations on campus. More than 4,000 students, faculty and staff attended this year's Taste of OSU, which was held on Friday, February 16 from 5 - 8:30 p.m. in the Ohio Union.

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India Sultana and AnilOhio State astronomy professors Sultana Nahar and Anil Pradhan received a new grant from the U.S. Consulate New Delhi to organize nine workshops in several cities for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education for young women.

With a global trend constantly moving towards technological development with an emphasis on the STEM fields as an important source of employment in the national and international arena, the potential impact of this grant encourages more female Indian students to consider higher education.

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2015 Best in Show - Fire and Ice (Paul Woo)All Ohio State University students, staff, faculty, visiting scholars and alumni are invited to submit photos to the 2017 International Photography Competition. All photographs must be the original work of the entrant, of high quality and taken outside of the United States. Photographers are invited to submit one photo in each category: People, Places and Politics. Submissions are accepted until October 9, 2017. Review the 2017 competition and submit your best international photos.

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Will it be you who explores the world? Join us for the 2017 Education Abroad Expo, which will be held on Thursday, September 14 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Archie Griffin East Ballroom at the Ohio Union. The Expo gives students the opportunity to talk one-on-one with education abroad experts and learn more about the myriad of ways to study abroad at Ohio State. Students will be able to explore programs for all majors and learn more about how to fund their prospective education abroad experience. View a map of the East Ballroom with a list of all of the exhibitors.

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Mandela Fellows Welcome ReceptionAn opening reception at the Fisher College of Business on Monday evening June 19, 2017 welcomed the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders to The Ohio State University. The fellows are starting a six-week academic and leadership institute at Ohio State focusing on leadership and management skills. The John Glenn College of Public Affairs and the Center for African Studies organized programming for the institute that is focused on public management and five subthemes: health, business and entrepreneurship, agriculture, education, and democracy and governance.

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2017 Wolfe Study Abroad Scholarship Recipients RecognizedThe Office of International Affairs recently recognized the 2016-2017 recipients of the Wolfe Study Abroad Scholarship at the annual Wolfe Luncheon on April 17. President Michael V. Drake, MD, other university leaders, the Wolfe family and representatives of The Dispatch Printing Company and the Wolfe Foundation, congratulated the 30 recipients. Students were awarded a $2,500 scholarship to help fund their individual long-term study abroad programs.

Visit 2017 Wolfe Study Abroad Scholarship Recipients Recognized for complete list of Ohio residents who earned a scholarship.